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This and That in Town February 22, 2023

Do you know an exceptional volunteer?

The HSL Volunteer Awards Evening Committee invites the public to submit nominations for the 7th edition of the Haut-Saint-Laurent volunteer awards. Nominations are accepted until March 31; you can find the forms at There are five categories; each winner will be determined by an independent selection committee, and the 2023 HSL Volunteer Distinctions Award will be chosen from them. The awards evening will take place on May 17 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the summer opening of the Huntingdon County Farmers’ Market.

Art in its time

Valleyfield’s Musée de société des Deux-Rives (MUSO) invites the public to a new exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Detlef Gotzens. The artist, who lives near Saint-Chrysostome, is an internationally known painter, sculptor, and glassmaker. The exhibition, called L’Art dans son époque, is open Thursdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 2. It features a major work – a contemporary vision of Rubens’s Massacre of Innocents – and 10 other paintings and sculptures. To find out more, go to

Pastels, and an exploration
of process

The MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent presents an art exhibition, L’atelier de pastel with works by Suzanne Olivier, at the Alfred-Langevin cultural hall (10 King Street, Huntingdon) from March 5 to April 2. The opening will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2023, from 2 to 4 p.m. The show will then be open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., and during the week by reservation. Olivier will also be exhibiting oil paintings at the Little Green Library in Huntingdon and at the Ormstown Library.

Monteregie-West Community Network activities

In Hemmingford, kids can join in some after-school fun: craft projects, colouring, puzzles, and board games for kids aged 5 to 12, every Monday, from 3 to 4 p.m. As well, the Walking Club meets every Wednesday, weather permitting, from 10 to 11 a.m. at 476 Frontière Street. Registration is required for all activities; please call 514-249-5539 or email

In Huntingdon, join in for some French conversation, Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Huntingdon Wellness Centre, 72 Dalhousie Street, suite 201. As well, seniors can learn to better navigate their cellphone, tablet, or laptop, by appointment only please, at the Wellness Centre every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. How about pickleball? Every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at HAECC (24 York Street in Huntingdon), you can come play one of the fastest-growing sports for seniors; equipment is supplied. If you prefer walking, the Walk and Talk group meets at Prince-Arthur Park, every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. Registration is required for all activities; please call 450-264-3596 or email Nora Donnelly at

Fittingly, we are still waiting for the lift bridge…

The reopening of the Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague bridge, first scheduled for February 27, has been postponed to March 10. “The presence of ice and sustained winds have caused the work at height to be stopped and the use of cranes for several days, causing unplanned site closures,” say the authorities. And so, detours continue. The parking lot at the Beauharnois-Salaberry Regional Park fishermen’s stop on Pie-XII Boulevard also remains inaccessible until March 17.

Seaway opening

The opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway navigation season is scheduled to take place in our section on March 22 at 8 a.m. Get ready to float your boat, and/or wait in the lift bridge line.

Got a tune for St. Pat’s?

Organizers are looking for new musical talent for an Irish Musical Evening which will be held at the Huntingdon Legion on Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Acts “must be something IRISH” and could also be singing, dancing, or poetry reading. Anyone interested in performing can call Diane Carson (450-264-3960) or Kathleen Hackett (450-264-9385).


In the article entitled Pain Couvert bakery opens near the covered bridge, published in the January 25 edition, we failed to mention that the bakery will not be open this winter. The owners of the bakery have said they will reopen with the arrival of warmer weather in March. We sincerely apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this omission may have caused.


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